Feast of Coolmine Talent at the Draíocht (II)

September 1, 2008

Five talented second years, Niamh Doyle, Jenny Farrell, Ronan Scarlett, Ciaran Martin Cillian Shields and the very talented first year, Siobhan Doyle showed their versatility as musicians with their performances of the song made famous by The Frames, Star Star. I’m sure we’ll be see these pupils perform in future years.

A complete change of scene came next with the class act of “The Cripple of Inishmann” dramatised by sisters Rachael and Caroline Hempenstall. The audience was in fits of laughter and it has to be conceeded that these two great actors who love the stage will be seen again!

Third years Graham Fleming and Alison McNally were next on stage performing their own version of the Foo-Fighters song, “See You”. These students are promising musicians and make a great team. Keep up the good work!

First year Sean Shields played  the “The House of the Rising Sun”. Its not easy to perform alone but this young star certainly rose to the occasion.

A truly fantastic rendition of the song Parisienne Walkways was played by Neil and Paul Casey, Danny Kearns and Steven Crowley. The talent of each band member came to the fore in this gripping performance.

Sixth  year Emily Geraghty and fifth years Emma Murphy and Claire Breen were the songstresses who performed the vocally challenging song “If I aint Got You”. A very appropriate song for Valentines Day!!

The last act certainly lived up to its name! Louise Jones and Sarah Fox a.k.a. Explosion performed a megamix dance with everything from Ballet to Break! Excellent choreography and amazing dance technique had the audience spellbound.

While the judges departed to reach a verdict , we were entertained by the dancing first year students led by Erica Neary. Last years winners returned to play their winning number “Money” and one other “Black Horse in a Cherry Tree”.

Following announcement of the poster compitition winners and a speech from Principal, Mrs. Eileen Salmon, the judges announced the winners! In 4th place came the acting duo, the Hempenstall sisters. In 3rd place came  the performers of Portions for Foxes. Runners-up were Parisienne Walkways and finally  the winners performed once again to thundering applause, “See you”.

Mr. Carroll, as always was M.C. extraordinaire and he thanked everyone involved in making the show such a memorable evening especially soundman, John Kearns and producers Ms. Kavanagh and Ms. Maguire. As one viewer put it, every act was a winner. Well done everyone, we’re already looking forward to next year!!

                                                             Caoimhe Doyle (TYP student)

Photos of the event are here